Author ORCID Identifier

Petra Perolini: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6720-1793

Abstract

LiveSpace is a transdisciplinary work-integrated learning (WIL) design studio unit at Griffith University. The studio has worked on a broad spectrum of community engagement projects from its inception in 2014. Design staff mentor students in a scaffolded WIL environment allowing for authentic engagement with community, industry, government and not-for-profit groups for an enhanced student learning experience. As such, collaborative approaches to live projects are examined for potential benefits to learning and teaching, student engagement, and to the wider community. This paper provides an overview of the studio, outlines the team development phase and participant involvement, highlights two highly successful community projects undertaken in 2016 and 2018, and unpacks assessment results, course evaluations, and student and client feedback.

Keywords:

work integrated learning; community engagement; transdisciplinary collaboration; socially and environmentally responsible design

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Enhancing the Student Learning Experience through Engagement with Community: A Transdisciplinary and Collaborative Approach to WIL

LiveSpace is a transdisciplinary work-integrated learning (WIL) design studio unit at Griffith University. The studio has worked on a broad spectrum of community engagement projects from its inception in 2014. Design staff mentor students in a scaffolded WIL environment allowing for authentic engagement with community, industry, government and not-for-profit groups for an enhanced student learning experience. As such, collaborative approaches to live projects are examined for potential benefits to learning and teaching, student engagement, and to the wider community. This paper provides an overview of the studio, outlines the team development phase and participant involvement, highlights two highly successful community projects undertaken in 2016 and 2018, and unpacks assessment results, course evaluations, and student and client feedback.

 

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